Lebanon stops 82 people attempting sea crossing to Europe

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Lebanese security forces on Friday thwarted an attempt by more than 80 people to illegally cross by sea into Europe from Lebanon, local media reported. The Internal Security Forces (ISF) said they raided a “tourist resort” in the Qalamoun area of north Lebanon on Thursday after being tipped off, al-Nahar newspaper reported. They found “82 people, including men, women, and children, who were planning to head to Europe via sea in an illegal manner for a fee of $5,000 per person,” the statement said. The statement did not specify their nationality or intended destination. But the Republic of Cypr…

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